Australian singles charts:
Love Child entered the Kent charts on 9 November 1968 and peaked at #2. The song was #19 on the Top 100 of 1968.
The song was on Love Child which entered the Kent album charts on 15 March 1969 and peaked at #13.
The Supremes debuted Love Child on the season premiere of the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show in September 1968.
The song is about a woman who is asking her boyfriend not to pressure her into sleeping with him, for fear they would conceive a “love child.” The woman, portrayed on the record by Diana Ross, is herself a love child, and, besides not having a father at home, had to endure wearing rags to school and growing up in an “old, cold, run-down tenement slum.”
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Child_(song)
Neither founder member Mary Wilson nor more recent addition Cindy Birdsong (replacing Florence Ballard) sang a note on this single. The test run with Motown session group The Andantes as backup singers was issued as the single. Mary claims that this was a move by Berry Gordy to make clear to her and Cindy that they were expendable and further establish his power over them as well as playing up to his protégé/lover Diana Ross. Mary further says that the miming to the number for The Ed Sullivan Show was particularly difficult, knowing she didn’t sing on it.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-supremes/love-child
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